Panama Canal Railroad, Fort San Lorenzo, Colon & Agua Clara Panama Canal New Locks


TOUR: Canal railroad, Fort San Lorenzo, Colon & New Panama Agua Clara Locks (Gatun Locks are no longer open to visitors)

TYPE OF TOUR: Culture & history and nature

DURATION: 8 hours


  • all entrance fees

  • train ticket

  • multilingual guide (me!)

  • transportation

  • drinks



  • hat

  • sandals or shoes & comfortable clothes

  • sun block

  • sunglasses

  • light raincoat (green season-may to december)


US$75 - US$180

(depending on the number of participants)  

Price List



From Panama City you will take a train ride across the Isthmus on the historic newly restored Panama Canal Railway in refurbished air-conditioned passenger cars. The need for the railway was inspired by the California Gold Rush.  The passenger line goes alongside locks, across tropical jungle and through Panama's most historic areas. All aboard? I will pick you up at Colon where the train ride ends and head to the New Panama Agua Clara Locks where you will have a very close view on the ships entering or exiting the Panama Canal at the Atlantic Ocean. Please Note that there is no guarantee to see a ship passing through the locks. The Panama Canal has their own schedule and this information is not in our hands. We will do our best. There is an observation area to see the locks, gift shop and a video at the visitor center.

Then we will drive for 20 min. to Fort San Lorenzo, one of the two main forts build in the late 16th century, meant to protect the final part of the trail known as “Camino de Cruces”, the trails that the Spaniards had developed across the Panamanian isthmus to carry all the gold looted by the Conquistadores from South America which left for Europe. Then we will drive around in Colon to give you a feeling on what used to be a magistic city.

Please note that Colon City is being restored and many roads are closed because they are changing the city's water pipes so most restaurants are closed or hard to get to therefore we will have snacks at the Fort before heading back to Panama City where I can drop you off at a restaurant of your preference or back to your accommodation for a siesta.

Did you know that...?:

-At US$295 a share, the Panama Railroad was at one time the highest-priced stock on the New York Stock Exchange.

-The PRR was the most expensive (per mile) railroad ever built. It cost 8 million dollars and took 5 years to build.

-At US$25.00 in gold, for 47 and a half miles,
the PRR was the most expensive railroad (per mile) to travel

-More than 12000 people died in the construction of the Panama Railroad.

-Disposing of the dead was becoming such a problem, 
that the Railroad started "pickling" the bodies in barrels
and selling them to medical schools. The proceeds  were then used to build a hospital for the Railroad.

-During the first 12 years of its operations, the Panama Railroad carried over US$750,000,000 in gold dust, nuggets, and gold and silver coin--and collected a quarter of one percent on each shipment.

-The Panama Canal would have been impossible to build without the Panama Railroad.




Fort San Lorenzo surrounded by the Caribbean Ocean

going through the National Park of San Lorenzo we might see Howler monkeys